Did you know that your pet's oral health affects more than just their mouth?
Your pet's mouth is a gateway to both their gut and airways. Any infection and inflammation in the mouth can enter the body through these routes, causing far-reaching effects.
Infection and inflammation around the gums can also enter the bloodstream when the gums are irritated enough to bleed.
With so many entry points into the body, it is easy to see why periodontal disease has been shown to increase the risk for diseases in other organs, like the heart, liver and kidneys. It can also exacerbate underlying systemic conditions, like diabetes mellitus.
Plus, periodontal disease is often painful thanks to the gum inflammation (gingivitis), bone infection and even loose teeth that it causes. For some pets, the level of discomfort may prevent them from eating or playing regularly.
You can see that, while achieving fresh breath is a wonderful benefit of oral health, a healthy mouth and clean teeth is even more important for safeguarding your pet's overall well-being.